Vicarage Headed for Derby Trial

Dogwood Stable's Vicarage, who most recently finished seventh in the Florida Derby (gr. I), has been vanned to Lexington and will be pointed toward the April 30 Derby Trial Stakes on opening day at Churchill Downs.

Vicarage, a son of 1999 Florida Derby winner Vicar, hit the gate at the start Gulfstream's signature event but was well placed before dropping suddenly out of contention in the stretch. The Kentucky-bred was coming off a solid runner-up finish in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) three weeks earlier behind High Limit.

"He came out of the race in good order, and he still looks fine," said Dogwood president Cot Campbell. "Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason why a horse doesn't run the way you think he should. That happens a lot in this game, and this is one of those occasions. We still think he is a very good horse and we're looking forward to his future."

Asked about a next start, Campbell said, "We're going to take a look at the Derby Trial."

Contested over Churchill's one-turn one-mile distance seven days before the Kentucky Derby, a start in the Derby Trial would likely eliminate Vicarage from the Run for the Roses but certainly not from the Preakness (gr. I) at Pimlico May 21.